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  • To have a drink together. Presumably comes from the practice of tending to a ship's damaged gear immediately after battle. One of the first chores was to repair sails and braces (lines passing through blocks that held up the sails). It was the custom, after the main braces were properly spliced, to serve grog to the crew. This term thus came to refer to having a drink after a hard day's work.

    January 8, 2008

  • I never heard this as a term for having a drink after a hard day's work, but I'm going to use it from now on. Starting today.

    Who wants to splice the main brace with me?!

    January 8, 2008

  • I hadn't either. It reminds me of "hoisting a jar." :-) Count me in!

    January 8, 2008

  • This expression chimes with the idea of drink as a restorative, i.e. that drink serves to splice one's spiritual main brace. Unfortunately I'll have to go unspliced tonight though.

    January 8, 2008